It’s unclear just what the aging regulars make of the baggy jeans, the hoodie or the larger-than-life physique.
But one thing long time theatergoers at Munich’s Kammerspiele know for certain: The new artistic director Matthias Lilienthal has come to shake things up.
Sometimes, Mr. Lilienthal tries to slip in unnoticed among his audiences. But he doesn’t manage it because he stands out in the section reserved for paying subscribers – affectionately nicknamed “the silver forest.”
They seem to feel happier when he’s there, perhaps because they think he’ll protect them from the insanity playing out on the stage.